Villa Grove Blue Devils

Villa Grove Blue Devils

Likas | Thinking back on the last year of prep sports action

Thinking back on the cheers, tears and titles

Local IHSA participation concluded this past Monday when two baseball teams and one softball team fell short in their small-school super-sectional games.

Those results put the finishing touches on a busy and largely successful 2018-19 school year, from an area athletic standpoint.

Area connections dot annual Shrine Game roster

BLOOMINGTON — Both Monticello and Tuscola will send a pair of football players to the 45th annual Illinois High School Shrine Game.

The all-star football contest for seniors includes 13 area competitors in its latest iteration. It's slated to kick off at 11 a.m. on June 15 at Illinois Wesleyan's Tucci Stadium.

2019 baseball, softball and girls' soccer schedules/results


March 13    at Monticello            PPD

Bittersweet ending for young Blue Devils

BLOOMINGTON — Just one Villa Grove starter won't return next season. Senior outfielder Chelsea Harrison, who started Monday's Class 1A super-sectional at designated player, is the lone graduate.

The rest of the Blue Devils' lineup?

Relaxing shake-up assists Blue Devils softball

CHAMPAIGN — Last week's sectional run didn't come without some nerves for the Villa Grove softball team. The Blue Devils admitted as much after their semifinal victory against Fisher even if they were obviously able to overcome them for the win.

Burwell's hot hand delivers Blue Devils' first-ever sectional title

CHAMPAIGN — The scoreboard at St. Thomas More's softball field sits just past the fence in left field. A sign reading "Home of the Sabers" hangs under it.

Huddle up: Road to state continues for these area teams

Postseason hardware is on the line for nine area baseball and softball teams on Saturday. Sports editor MATT DANIELS breaks down their respective title games:

Salt Fork (23-4) vs. Mt. Pulaski (23-5), 9:30 a.m.

Villa Grove delivers on potential

CHAMPAIGN — Big crowds and meaningful postseason games don't seem to faze the Villa Grove softball team.

At least on the surface.

Area prep softball statistical leaders: May 24, 2019

Batting Averages

Player/School AB R H RBI AVG.

Dowling, SJ-O 95 65 64 47 .674

Cosgrove, PBL 84 37 48 58 .571

Standish, Lex/Ridg 51 21 29 30 .569

Stal, GRF 106 44 59 43 .557

Dulin, Sulvn 72 28 40 15 .556

Neuman, Oakwd 85 37 47 35 .553

Bauer, Watsk 67 32 37 36 .552

Knudsen, Unity 113 47 62 25 .549

Villa Grove's Eversole comes up clutch in close victory

CHAMPAIGN — Jeana Block gathered her Villa Grove softball team outside the Blue Devils' first-base dugout.

The top of the fifth inning had just ended during Wednesday's Class 1A St. Thomas More Sectional semifinal game between Villa Grove and Fisher, with the visiting Bunnies holding a precarious one-run lead.